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Upcoming BOT meetings at STL Veterans Home, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
- Tuesday 3 September 2019

BOARD OF TRUSTEES - BIOGRAPHIES

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Rosemarie W. Hauck - President

Rosemarie has had a very full life, both professionally, and through various volunteer endeavors. While working in her 40 year career at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Corporation she served on the Board of Directors for the Sumner HS Alumni Association as Director and Treasurer, and on the STL Chapter of the Amelia Earhart Society. She volunteered with the Boeing Women In Leadership Society, Women in Aviation International, and the Boeing Black Engineer Association. Rosemarie has also served our veterans through the American Legion Auxiliary (Past National Chaplain; currently serving on the National Future Focus Committee and Budget/Audit Committee Chairman), American Legion Auxiliary St. Louis Veterans Home Representative, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Center Ambassador, and as Chaplain for the St. Louis INTERVETS Committee and the USO at St. Louis Airport. She served her church as Financial Secretary and as Vice Chairman on its Board of Trustees. Both her and husband Joel bring veteran knowledge with them through their volunteer service to the Missouri Veterans Home.

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Lon Lowrey -
Vice President

Lon is a retired pharmacist with 21 years of State Governmental Affairs experience. He is married to Cher Lowrey, and together they volunteer at the St. Louis Veterans Home, as well as the USO of Missouri, Meals on Wheels, and CHAMP Assistance Dogs programs. Their dedication to the veterans is evidenced through six years of service at bingo games, Friday happy hours, outdoor extravaganza events, and driving to sporting events and activities. Lon has served on the USO of Missouri Advisory Board, CHAMP Assistance Dogs Board and MO Rx Commission, and is extremely familiar with the responsibilities and processes required to make the STLVHAL operate smoothly.

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caroline martin - Treasurer

Caroline retired in May, 2012 after 15 years with Equifax, Inc. She also retired as Senior Corporate Tax Consultant for multi-state companies, where she performed profit and non-profit registrations and closings along with registrations of FEIN, withholding and state taxes, impact studies, FICA, FUTA, Cafeteria analysis studies, mergers, acquisitions, etc. She also served as Administrative Office Manager of Radiology at Lutheran Medical Center for 12 years, and worked as a Pharmacy Technician for 4 years. In addition to the above employment, she volunteers her time as a Patch/Grace Hill United Way Board member and is in her 32nd year, volunteers with the Missouri State Department Marine Corps League Auxiliary as Jr. Vice President (MCLA), serves on the Woodson Terrace Veterans Committee as Chairman and composes newsletter articles for the City of Woodson Terrace, is President of Star Club (Shriner/Masonic affiliation), is an Alderman in Ward 1 for City of Woodson Terrace where she served on the Planning and Zoning Board for 6 years, was the Woodson Terrace Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for 10 years, performed duties as an Independent Business Consultant, and as a volunteer for the Masonic/Shriners Child I.D. Program. Caroline’s many current affiliations include being a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 3944 (VFWA), life member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary (MCLA), serving as a Notary Public and with the National Notary Association, a member of the Gateway of Professional Payroll Association (GAPP), a Grants.gov member (Jefferson City), and Association Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). She was married to Bill Martin, a proud 30 year retiree (Drill Sergeant) of the US Marine Corps, who passed away in May 2013. As a Missouri Veterans Home Volunteer for the past 12 years, Caroline brings a vast working knowledge of the MVH and its veterans. Welcome Caroline.

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Kathleen Ditch - Secretary

Kathleen retired from Community Living Ins. who serve people with disabilities in achieving their highest potential. She has worked in Employment Services, Residential, and as a Recreational Specialist. She currently serves as Missouri 9th District President of the VFW Auxiliary, Missouri Department Hospital Chairperson, and VAVS Representative for John Cochran. She holds office as Secretary for the Military of the Order Auxiliary as well as the Military of the Order Auxiliary Grand Chaplain. Kathleen proudly serves as Missouri American Veterans Auxiliary 2nd Vice President. They all have one thing in common "Putting our Veterans First".

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DON BAIRD - TRUSTEE

Don brings a wealth of military and Veteran service to the table. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years during the Korean conflict. Upon release from active duty he became employed by McDonnell Aircraft Company, working on several programs in the logistic field, primarily with the "F-4 Phantom II" series aircraft. While at MAC, Don worked with all three branches of our military as well as the foreign countries of England, Germany, Japan and Israel. He retired after 32 years as manager of airframe logistic requirements for the "AV-8B" Harrier. Don has been a proud member of the Florissant Valley Memorial American Legion Post 444 for 45 years, and has held several offices in the post, including 13 years as finance officer, a member of the Honor Guard team for the past 19 years, and two terms as Post Commander. He is currently the Judge Advocate of the post and Finance Officer of the House Committee. Don has subsequently been awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership. He also presently serves as the Asst. Judge Advocate of the 10th District, American Legion, Dept. of MO.

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denny knobel - trustee

Denny Knobel is a retired Machinist-A Inspector worker from McDonald Douglas/Boeing/GKN. He worked in the same building and same area for all three different companies. He made parts for the F/A-18 Hornets, F-15 Eagle, AV-8B Harrier, T-45 trainer, B-1 bomber, Harpoon missile, C-17 transport, AH-64 Apache Long Bow, the V-22 Osprey, and F-22 Raptor. When GKN took over they did not have support of Fire and medical like MDC and Boeing, so Denny became an inspector and First Responder. This meant doing general first aid, using the AED and oxygen administration. He also volunteers with CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team). When he retired his wife Billie, who was already a member of VFW 3944 Ladies Auxiliary, asked him to join her at the MVH calling Bingo for the residents. Denny really enjoyed doing that, so he signed up to volunteer for outings with the vets also. It is an honor and a privilege for him to be with those who have taken care of him for so long, and who have given us the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

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JUDY KNOBEL - TRUSTEE

Judy retired from FlightSafety International with 27 years of office experience. She started as a clerk typist and when she retired in 2009 she was Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing for FlightSafety. FlightSafety is a simulator based training school for any type of aircraft with 50 facilities worldwide. They trained commercial pilots, private and corporate pilots and military pilots from all branches. Prior to her retirement she worked with Ameri-Haitian Bon Zami (AHBZ) that operates a girls’ orphanage, school, medical clinic and church in Tabarre, Haiti. She has made numerous trips to Haiti during the 20 years she worked with them, which during the last 10 years she was secretary/treasurer. She also works with Ambassadors of Christ to Haiti, Inc. (ACH) which currently supports four churches in Haiti. After her retirement she started doing more volunteer work. She volunteers three times a week as an assistant to the activity director at her mother’s Alzheimer nursing home. She joined VFW 3944 Auxiliary in 2012 and started volunteering doing bingo twice a month at the Missouri Veterans Home, and also volunteering for outings with the veterans.

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MARLON LEE - TRUSTEE

Marlon has been a seasoned Community Advocate and Organizer in St. Louis, MO since 2003 garnering the trust and appreciation of its citizens by being transparent and solution driven. The events in Ferguson, MO in August of 2014 took his community efforts to the next level, being named the Director of Community Organizing with the Urban League of St. Louis to facilitate their ground campaign to bring healing and dialogue to the region. His compassion for people inspires him to thrive in the area of connecting services and resources to those that need them while exposing others to ways in becoming more engaged in the joys of giving back. Marlon is currently a Healthcare Marketer where he not only provides aid to those that are experiencing health challenges, but has transformed his role to also accommodate grassroots community engagement supporting neighborhood groups both financially and through volunteer hours.

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CHER LOWREY - TRUSTEE

Cher retired in October 2013 after 13 years with Citizen Watch Company. She has an educational background in early childhood development, and a sales background in airline industry, pharmaceuticals, and retail. Cher is a big lover of animals and people. She enjoys seeing the work of her therapy dogs and the impact they have made over the years to residents in different facilities all over the St. Louis metro area. Cher, with her husband Lon, and the dogs, have volunteered with hospice patients and residents too. She is a lifelong believer in giving back through volunteer work including Meals on Wheels of North County for 26 years, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, USO of Missouri, CHAMP Assistance Dogs Inc., and the St. Louis Missouri Veterans Home. She is very grateful for our Veterans in the home and our active and retired military. Cher’s motto: Creating those thousand points of light.

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George Newell - Trustee

George is a retired vocational agriculture teacher with over 30 years of experience. He served as an officer in the US Army assigned in Republic of South Vietnam (1969-70) as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and Service Medals for his service in Vietnam. Since 1993 he has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national level to include: Chair, Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO); Post and District Commander, VFW; and Chapter and State President, and Vice Chair, National Agent Orange Committee ,Vietnam Veterans of America. He has held many more additional Officer and Chairman positions while advocating for veterans and veterans legislation. He will continue to support the veterans at the St. Louis Veterans Home as he has for the past 25 years.

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Paul Schmidt - Trustee

Paul served as a Combat Medic in the United States Army. He has been a Legacy Life member of the VFW for 12 years, the Past Commander for 4 years, overseeing the day to day operations of a 1000 member Post. He currently serves as trustee of District 9 VFW overseeing 21 Posts. Paul is also VFW Department of Missouri Chairman of Homeless Veterans. He is a life member and Commander of the Military Order of the Cooties and a life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He works every day helping Veterans in Need, assisting with filing claims for disability, and finding help with jobs and housing, average 20 hours a week.

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Rosemary Wood - Trustee

Rosemary received her BS degree in Administration of Justice, and her MA in Management. She used these qualifications in her employment with St. Louis County Department of Corrections. Using the experience obtained here, she and her husband opened a business creating an agency providing counseling and court services to the St. Louis area. After selling the successful business to her employees, Rosemary concentrated on donating her services to the VFW 3944 Auxiliary. During her volunteer work here she held various offices and served on several committees. She is currently Hospital Chairman at the St. Louis Veterans Home, where she has volunteered since 2010, and is also VA Veterans Representative at the STL Veterans Home for the Missouri VFW Auxiliary.

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BILL YOUNG -

Trustee

Bill has over 35 years of diverse experience in financial service and management, which includes financial analysis and administration, and corporate and community leadership. He most recently served as the Interim CEO for the Annie Malone Children and Family Services St. Louis, MO, responsible for the organization’s daily activities, and all business of the Agency. Here he interacted with multiple media sources, negotiated contract extensions, and opened up seven new funding opportunities. As President and CEO of an equity management firm servicing public and corporate pension funds, he was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, and served as Chief Investment Officer for $150 million in Large and Small Cap Equity assets. He is very competent with compliance and regulatory issues including Securities and Exchange Commission examinations. Bill has made a career in financial management by serving as a financial consultant, investment banker, and senior marketing analyst for a Fortune 500 investment company. He supports his local community by serving on five different Boards.